Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Desert Park

If you haven't glimpsed a spangled grunter or marbled velvet gecko on your travels, head to Desert Park where the creatures of central Australia are all on display in one place. The predominantly open-air exhibits f…
Top Choice Thai in Alice Springs

Hanuman Restaurant

You won't believe you're in the outback when you try the incredible Thai- and Indian-influenced cuisine at this stylish restaurant. The delicate Thai entrees are a real triumph as are the seafood dishes, particularl…
Top Choice Live Music in Alice Springs

Sounds of Starlight Theatre

This atmospheric 1½-hour musical performance evoking the spirit of the outback with didgeridoos, drums and keyboards, plus wonderful photography and lighting, is an Alice institution. Musician Andrew Langford also r…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Alice Springs

Montes

Travelling circus meets outback homestead. It's family friendly with a play area for kids, and the food ranges from gourmet burgers, pizzas and tapas to curries and seafood. Sit in the leafy beer garden (with a rang…
Top Choice Sports in Alice Springs

Henley-on-Todd Regatta

These boat races in September on the dry bed of the Todd River are a typically Australian, light-hearted denial of reality. The boats are bottomless; the crews' legs stick through and they run down the course.
Top Choice Art in Alice Springs

Papunya Tula Artists

This stunning gallery showcases artworks from the Western Desert communities of Papunya, Kintore and Kiwikurra – even if you're not buying, it's worth stopping by to see the magnificent collection.
Top Choice Sports in Alice Springs

Camel Cup

A carnival atmosphere prevails during the running of the Camel Cup at Blatherskite Park in mid-July.
Top Choice Cafe in Alice Springs

Piccolo's

This modern cafe is popular with locals for its excellent food and probably Alice's best coffee. Try the toasties or one of the breakfast rolls.
Nature Reserve in Alice Springs

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

A network of meandering trails leads through this lovely arid zone botanic garden, which was founded by the prominent anthropologist Olive Pink. The garden has more than 500 central Australian plant species and grow…
Gallery in Alice Springs

Araluen Arts Centre

For a small town, Alice Springs has a thriving arts scene and the Araluen Arts Centre is at its heart. There is a 500-seat theatre, and four galleries with a focus on art from the Central Desert region. The Albert N…